Sun Chunlan Emphasizes to Deepen International Chinese Language Education and Make World Know More about China at International Chinese Language Education Conference

[Source] [Time]    2019-12-12 14:18:58 

On December 9th, Sun Chunlan, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Vice Premier of China, attended and delivered a keynote speech at the International Chinese Language Education Conference in Changsha.

Sun pointed out that as the world develops further in multipolarization, economic globalization, information-based society and cultural diversity, countries around the world are of increasingly profound interdependence where exchanges and cooperation in politics, economy and trade as well as culture are more extensive. In this situation, China is deeply integrated into the world with its greater opening-up, bringing opportunities for other countries’ development and attracting more and more people come to China for business cooperation, mutual learning and exchanges, tours and sightseeing. Language is the bridge of communication. Talents with Chinese language skills are becoming increasingly popular thanks to needs to learn the Chinese language among various countries have continued to be strong. To date, many countries have incorporated Chinese into their national education , set up Chinese courses in universities, primary and middle schools, and supported enterprises and social organizations to participate in Chinese language education, promoting exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and foreign civilizations and enhancing people-to-people bond.

Also, she stressed in her speech that the Chinese government regards it as a bounden duty to push forward international Chinese language education, and believes the role of the country with Chinese as its mother tongue should be actively leveraged, thereby, providing support for people all over the world to learn Chinese in terms of teachers, teaching materials and courses. In addition, guided by the international practice of language spread, China will stick to market-oriented operation in supporting international Chinese language education programs, exchanges and cooperation carried by institutions of higher education, enterprises and social organizations at home and abroad, based on the principles of mutual respect, friendly negotiation as well as equality and mutual benefit. Such projects will focus on the language itself and local needs, facilitate the training of local Chinese education talents, improve international Chinese language education standards, and give full play to the evaluation-oriented role of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi(HSK). That will make modern international Chinese language education system more open, inclusive and standardized.

Du Jiahao, Secretary of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, and Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education delivered their speeches in the opening ceremony chaired by Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education. Chen said, language education is an important part of education, and international Chinese language education is an effective way for people around the globe to learn Chinese and understand China. International Chinese language education, led by the Confucius Institute, needs efforts both from China and foreign countries. He restated the purpose and mission of the Confucius Institute and, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, proposed six innovative measures to support international Chinese language education in the next two to three years, including cultivating compound and high-level international Chinese language education talents, establishing schools for international Chinese language teachers' training, strengthening the attractiveness of the overseas posting of Chinese language teachers, compiling high-quality teaching textbooks, and improving international Chinese language education standards as well as supporting and encouraging people from all walks of life to engage in the Confucius Institute’s development and international Chinese language education. Du extended welcome to the Chinese and foreign representatives, summarized Hunan's achievements in international Chinese language education and cultural exchanges. Hunan Province is ready to work with all social circles to communicate with the outside world by language and culture, and to build a platform for cooperation and to sow seeds of friendship, so as to promote mutual benefit and win-win results, he noted.

Participants who also made speeches were Lance Tatum, Senior Vice President of Troy University, Liu Li, President of Beijing language and Culture University, Luminita Rodica Balan, Director of Chinese Department of the University of Bucharest, Romania, Oniniaina R. Andriamaonjy, a local chinese language teacher of Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University and Yutaka Furukawa, Vice President of International Society for Chinese Language Teaching.

Themed by “Innovation and Development of International Chinese Education In the New Era”, the conference holds a special forum that focuses on “Chinese + Vocational Skills”, and 32 workshops where participants discuss and exchange ideas on issues, such as, international Chinese language education policies and standards, teachers, textbooks, teaching methods, examinations, brand project construction, as well as deepening cooperation between China and other countries. The conference has attracted over 1,000 representatives from Confucius Institutes and Chinese language education organizations in 160 countries and regions.

( Xinhua News Agency, Changsha ,December 9th)

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